Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in English Composition



First Advisor

Costino, Kimberly

Second Advisor

Henry, Holly

Third Advisor

Carlson, David J.


Interviews are analyzed by the author in reference to the music and the poetry of Tupac Shakur in a way that will work to create a space within Hip Hop culture that does not focus on race, class, or region as the basis for inclusion and genuine participation in the culture. In Tupac Shakur's last interview, he calls for a new political party and alludes to the lost tribe metaphor to describe the diversity of backgrounds that he wanted to include. The lost tribe works to include rather than exclude participants of Hip Hop culture. This thesis is an attempt by the author to contribute to the project started by Shakur and also uses the ideas of Michael Foucault and Gloria Anzaldua.